PHOENIX - Veteran firefighter-paramedic Miguel Angulo died Monday after a long battle with COVID-19, the Phoenix Fire Department said.

He was the department's first firefighter to die of the virus, according to a Tuesday press release.

"Miguel was a dedicated public servant and family man who loved serving his community," the department said in the release. "He had a big personality and an even bigger heart.

"Miguel always brought great joy to his fellow brothers and sisters. We could always count on Miguel to provide joy with plenty of laughs, great conversation and fellowship."

Angulo was a 15-year veteran of the Phoenix Fire Department who spent most of his career at Station 25 in Maryvale.

Information about line-of-duty services will be announced when available, the department said.